Upstate Medical University


  • The Global Health Institute works to mitigate diseases threatening New York, our U.S. Service Members, and our global community.
    The Global Health Institute takes a total team approach to solving problems because we believe it is the only way to solve the tough ones.
    The Global Health Institute has benefitted from a supportive University, engaged CNY region, and highly talented professionals from our community.
    Dr. Stephen J. Thomas
    Director, Global Health Institute
Upstate Research Spotlight

SUNY Research Spotlight – Saravanan Thangamani, PhD – Upstate Medical University

Upstate Medical University’s Saravanan Thangamani, PhD, is finding new ways to prevent disease transmission from mosquitos and ticks. more »

The Second Annual Dengue Endgame Summit – Aug. 7-9, 2024

This exclusive event will focus on recent advancements and challenges in dengue research, including virology, immunology, epidemiology, and countermeasure development. more »

Local teens testing pediatric Lyme disease vaccine

Upstate Medical University researcher Mark Miller and his family live in a wooded area where they like to hike with their dog-making them a prime target for ticks. more »
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Our faculty and students are working hard to find solutions to many global health problems. You can finance a student's trip abroad to gain hands-on experience in the field, fund local community-based research and outreach projects, support service-learning opportunities, and more. Any amount can help, so please consider a gift.


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Michelle Klick

Clinical Research Manager

Michelle Klick is the Clinical Research Manager for the Upstate Global Health Institute. Her 20+ years of research experience has given her the skills to lead the research team through protocol development and execution across multiple phases of research. Michelle maintains a New York State Licensed Practical Nursing license and a SoCRA Certified Clinical Research Professionals certification.

She is a graduate of the 2017 Upstate Leadership Academy, where her capstone project centered on providing medical care to the refugee population in the Syracuse community. Her research career has spanned many clinical areas, including Internal Medicine, Endocrinology, Pulmonology, Neurology and Oncology. She is passionate about training new research professionals and helping them find success in navigating the countless details of conducting a clinical trial. Michelle is co-chair of the SUNY Upstate Clinical Research Professionals Group. Michelle recently attended the National Council of University Research Administrators’ 20th Financial Research Conference to expand her knowledge on research finance. Outside of work, Michelle is a busy mom of 2 boys. She has volunteered for the past 9 years in their local scouting program and is a board member for the local Home School Association.